Wednesday, July 29, 2015

6 Financial Facts You Should Know Before Moving to California

California's housing cost. (Infographic from lao.ca.gov, click here to see more)

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As a former outsider, I’ve often associated California with Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

But living in the “Golden State” is not only about being close to the entertainment capital and breathing the same air as Mark Zuckerberg and Tim Cook. There are financial factors at play that can make living here a bane or boon, depending on how favorable circumstances are for a transplant or immigrant like myself.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A guide for extending your stay in the Philippines

Bureau of Immigration Main Office on Magallanes Ave, Metro Manila, Philippines (Photo from BOI gallery)


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The Philippines is one of more than 160 countries that do not require US passport holders to have a visa to enter the country. Other visa-free countries include Canada, Malaysia, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom. This visa-free condition encourages tourism, but there’s typically a maximum amount of time before one would need to obtain approval from the governing immigration agency to extend one’s stay. For the Philippines, that maximum is 30 days, and the Bureau of Immigration is the agency that approves extended stays.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

6 Reasons Why US Presidential Candidates Should Discuss Immigration Reform


Clockwise: US presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump (photos from CNN.com)


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When Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy last month, his speech was peppered with politically insensitive phrases about Mexican immigrants in the United States.

The businessman said that Mexico sent "people that have lots of problems" that bring drugs, crime and rapists to the US. As offensive as his slew of words were that resulted in the cancellation of his role on The Apprentice and the discontinuation of his fashion line at Macy’s, recent polls in states like North Carolina show that despite his opinions, which some have denounced as mere fear-mongering, he is the top choice of Republican voters.